Meet Our Experts

Jennifer Nielsen 
Senior Program Manager, Nutrition and Health


Nutrition, Agriculture and Women's Health

Home Base 
HKI Global Headquarters
New York, NY USA

Recent Events

Recent Publications
Read Jennifer's blogs on Seed to Sight.

Education Background
  • Doctor, Public Health (DrPH), Johns Hopkins University
  • Master’s Degree, International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Harvard University
Leadership Positions
  • Co-Chair, Nutrition Working Group, CORE Group, Washington, DC
    CORE Group is a collective of public health professionals that convenes to share skills and knowledge in an effort to enhance community-focused health practices worldwide.
Jennifer's Bio
Jennifer Nielsen, PhD, has served as Helen Keller International’s Senior Program Manager for Nutrition and Health since 2006, providing technical guidance on maternal and child public health strategies to all 22 country programs.  These programs are informed by the Essential Nutrition Actions framework and encompass micronutrient supplementation, homestead food production, behavior change communications, community-based management of acute malnutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and maternal and child preventive health.  She has over 20 years of experience in international development, much of that time working in sub-Saharan Africa or on projects being implemented in that region. Before joining HKI she served overseas for 10 years as a Project Development Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development.  She earned her doctorate in public health and a master’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University, and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

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Photography courtesy of Jarreau Cross.